Home Improvement: Renovation Mistakes You are Probably Doing
“A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create fantasy.” –Juan Montoya
No matter how we view it, house renovations are an essential aspect of your home life.
Some homeowners would renovate as many times as they can count, while there are those who would settle for one or two renovations. After all, if you wanted to expand your family and have more rooms, renovation is the likely answer unless you wish to buy a new home. Similarly, if you wish to preserve the integrity of our homes, renovating is not only seen as a luxurious expenditure but rather a necessity. No matter the reason, it has been well-established that house renovations are paramount to the maintenance of a functional home. However, how do you ensure that you are executing these renovation techniques just right? To avoid making big and costly renovation mistakes—whether you are living in a bgc Condo or elsewhere, here are some of the errors to keep in mind (and ought to avoid):
1.) Erroneously measuring for cabinets
One of the costliest renovation mistakes you can ever commit is to measure for your cabinets wrongly. Before heading out to buy cabinets and have them installed, make sure you have an accurate measuring of every kitchen appliance first such as the fridge, the stove and the like. One fail-safe tip is to always measure and then re-measure as many times as possible.
2.) Low-balling your budget
Sure, not everyone has quite a lot of cash to spare, but this does not mean you should low-ball your budget to the point where it is inflexible and unable to vouch for any surprises that might come up during a renovation. Going through a house renovation would inevitably have some surprises that would cause you to accrue expenses you did not exactly plan for. With this in mind, it is always best to at least set aside a certain percentage of the total project cost so that you have enough legroom should anything go awry.
3.) Choosing the cheapest contractor
A quality job is not going to come in cheap, and if you want the best job at the lowest possible price, you are being unrealistic. Remember, the lowest bid would never equal to the best job, and at best, you will only get something average. Even then, you cannot reasonably expect for it to last long. In fact, things might even start breaking within a year or so. While some contractors give out cheap quotes, remember they do this just to get the job and would likely cut corners or install low-quality products. Before choosing a contractor, it is best that you review what exactly is included in his estimate and have an idea of what you are paying for.
4.) Being adamant on keeping the layout of a bathroom
You might have a toilet or sink that was awkwardly placed by a previous contractor, and yet you are hesitant in changing your layout for fear that it might be more costly. The reality is, moving a toilet, sink or even a shower is not really too complicated. You do not have to contend with an awkward bathroom just because you think it is much more cost-efficient that way. Change it if you deem it necessary.
5.) Insisting on Hardwood Floors
Yes, they look fancy and sophisticated, but they are not exactly practical for everyone. If you have pets, for example, their nails could damage the hardwood and cost it to wear much faster than it would have had it been any other type of flooring. Similarly, you would not want to subject your precious flooring to kids dragging their toys or anything across the floor. If you live in a home that sees quite a lot of activity, go for a single-board laminate instead. They both look virtually the same, but the laminate is more durable than the hardwood floor.
6.) Skimping on things you cannot see
Homeowners often have this idea that renovation is limited to only those aspects of the house which you can visually appreciate. However, if you gloss over the things that are important but unseen (such as what goes under your tiles to prevent them from popping and cracking), then your renovation endeavor will be for naught considering that your tiles would be broken just within a few years. To avoid this, make your home renovation holistic—so much so that you would include even the things that cannot be seen.